Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday meals get the best of me

Cliff and I have both gained weight over the past year. I still cook the healthy, low-fat stuff most of the time, and we like those dishes. I hardly ever make desserts when it's just us: Cliff has to have something sweet after meals, but usually he just has a bowl (1/2 cup) of ice cream.

The things that get us in trouble are eating out too much (probably only twice a week, but those buffets add up), and cooking for company occasionally.
When it's time for a holiday meal, or when family guests are here, it isn't their fault that I cook unhealthy stuff: I use them as an excuse to cook and eat all that stuff I never make otherwise.

Yesterday's Thanksgiving meal left us with a heap of leftovers, many of which I pawned off on the family members: Granddaughter Amber loves noodles, so I sent those home with her; I'm sure her mother will help her eat them. Of course, I saved out a little for Cliff because I hate to see a grown man cry. Amber also took some pumpkin pie.

Her brother took quite a bit of the Oreo Dessert home with him. My daughter ended up coming back and getting the mashed potatoes (again, I saved out one serving for Cliff) and the broccoli-and-rice casserole.

The apple pie remained. And although I should have, I didn't press anyone to take any. Why not? Because I love it so! Cliff does too, but then he likes all desserts. Nobody else makes apple pie to my satisfaction, so when I've baked one, I can't leave it alone.

Today I had to decide when I would have my daily piece of apple pie. You see, I can limit myself to one piece a day until it's gone. I decided to have it, ala mode, for breakfast. That takes care of a couple of the food groups, right? Fruit and dairy? Ya think?

Sigh.

One thing about it, the remains of the holiday turkey will not go to waste here: I'll freeze it in appropriate amounts to use in my healthy versions of gumbo and jambalaya . The turkey frame and bones are waiting right now for me to make turkey frame soup. Low-fat, low-calorie, and chock-full of vitamins.

Maybe the oldest grandson will drop by at some point and have a couple of pieces of apple pie, or the rest of the Oreo Delight. Somebody needs to save us from ourselves.

7 comments:

madcobug said...

One thing about cooking all that, you do have food leftover to use and freeze for a while. Helen

Lindie said...

I do the same thing, send lots of food home with others.

Vicki said...

Yay, I think I've got it. So glad your day went well. Vicki

FrankandMary said...

I know I am the one who has to save me from myself, but doing it is another story. I've gained weight in the past year also, & I, like Cliff, have a craving for sweet that would be best avoided; I don't avoid it very much.

Glad you got to see so much of the family for the holiday. ~Mary

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I don't think a little splurge now and then hurts at all. After all you are cooking healthy the rest of the time. They say a great part of our population eats our every day. I hardly ever do and I'm still on plump side for sure...

Amy said...

Jesse just about cried last night when he found out I gave away the last pecan pie. He went on some rant about how he never gets to eat it and blah blah blah..... *shakes head*

Debbie said...

We seldom eat out and my hubby is the one with the sweet tooth but I'm the one who gains the weight. I suppose I should look at it differently but I feel we only live on this earth once and I want to be able to enjoy some of the foods I like while I'm here whether it's healthy or not.